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CIPD finds companies want employment protections after Brexit

HR News |  12/05/2017
CIPD finds companies want employment protections after...Following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, rules previously governed by the EU will need to be addressed. 

The upcoming snap election on June 8th will see many of these rules put under the spotlight and a new study by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that the majority of employers deemed many aspects of employment law necessary. 

Some 93 per cent of respondents said unfair dismissal laws were the most crucial, while the national minimum wage (87 per cent), parental rights at work (82 per cent), agency workers laws (75 per cent) and Working Time Regulations (74 per cent) were also viewed to be very important. 

As well as this, 36 per cent of respondents said that wellbeing issues such as stress should be legislated for properly, while 30 per cent said that technology should be a key area of focus.

Employers recognised the beneficial impact of employment law, with over two-thirds (68 per cent) of respondents saying that it boosted workers’ sense of fairness and trust in their company. As well as this, 69 per cent said employment law boosted the quality of the working lives of staff.

The study also found that laws were poorly put together and could be challenging to implement. While 75 per cent of companies said laws regarding agency workers were needed, just 36 per cent described them as well-drafted and easy to apply.

Rachel Suff, employment relations adviser at the CIPD, said: “This research shows that, in many ways, the rhetoric around employment law simply does not match the reality.

“While much has been written about the need to roll back important aspects of our employment law framework to free businesses of red tape, it is clear that businesses themselves recognise its value.”

Ms Suff emphasised that it is vital that there are no sweeping changes that businesses do not want, especially as the Brexit negotiations continue.

On top of this, while whistleblowing laws were seen as necessary by 83 per cent of companies, just 41 per cent deemed them well-drafted and easy to use. 

Another area where businesses wanted change was in tribunal fees, where just 34 per cent wanted the current level of tribunal fees maintained and 15 per cent argued for their abolishment. A further 11 per cent said they should be significantly reduced and 19 per cent backed the idea of a £50 fee for all claims.

By Jon Aspinell

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